Education: Learning and Teaching MA

Duration and mode of study

Part-time over three years. Combination of face-to-face teaching and self study.

Start Dates

October each year.

Entry requirements

You must usually have at least a second class degree or its equivalent, and qualified teacher status or suitable experience in an educational setting. Please contact us if you are uncertain whether your qualifications are suitable.

Course aims

The MA in Education: Teaching and Learning programme (MAE:LT) offers practising teachers a wealth of opportunities to learn from both peers and expert practitioners in a supportive but academically rigorous environment. You will engage with recent academic research and develop the critical, analytical and reflective skills essential to any teacher, whilst exploring contemporary government policy, curriculum and classroom-based issues. Our tutors are all established scholars and/ or practitioners in their fields, and offer their expertise at whole group and individual level, with tutorial support built into every module.

If you have 60 M level credits from your PGCE, (or similar level 7 credits) you will only need to select one taught module from our list and then in your second year you will complete a Professional Enquiry research project in your own school. If you don’t have those initial 60 credits then you can choose a second taught module. Each taught course has an average of six face-to-face sessions with some twilight and Saturday sessions for each course. You will complete three or four assessments, usually including a presentation, and in one course complete two 30 credit modules, which add up to your 60 M level credits.

Course modules

There will be at least eight options available each year. In Year One and Year Two you can select any two modules from those offered:

  • Action Research
  • Current Issues for Early Career Teachers
  • Dyslexia 1: Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Dyslexia 2: Specialist Assessment and Teaching of Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties*
  • Issues in English Education
  • Issues in Science Education
  • Learning Technologies
  • Lesson Study
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Promoting Language Development
  • SEBDA 1: Understanding and Managing Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • SEBDA 2: Mental Health Problems and Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties*
  • Teaching Mathematics

*For the SEBDA and Dyslexia modules, you must complete Part 1 before taking Part 2.

Teaching and assessment methods

Most of our modules, which you would take in the first two years, are taught courses, with seven days at the University spread over each year. There is also a requirement for additional study (equivalent to one day a term) for developmental work in your own school or with colleagues from the course, plus personal time for reading and assignments.

Assessment for Year One and Year Two will use a variety of methods, depending on the course taken. These might, for example, include a reflective journal, a short presentation about a pupil’s learning, an essay and a study undertaken in your place of work.

In the third year, instead of a traditional dissertation, you will join the Professional Enquiry course. This begins with taught sessions on research methods to provide you with the background you need for a study undertaken in your own school or setting. We will help you decide upon a topic for your enquiry, and will provide you with specialist support.

Find out more about this course on the School of Education website.


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